While my girlfriend was showering in the room the sink fell off the wall and shattered cutting her hand. We promptly told the husband and wife that owned the place about it and she told us she was going to charge us. We got the local police involved (who was wearing a BeerLao tank top) and, after quite a bit of friendly conversation and mild laughter in Laotian between the owner and the police, we were again instructed by the police that we had to pay since we didn't adequately check the sturdiness of the sink when we agreed to the room. If my girlfriend was standing under the sink when it fell it would have shattered both her feet.
We were friendly about approaching the situation since no one was seriously hurt and shocked when the woman who owned the place immediately accused us of deliberately breaking the sink. Then she got upset about the small amount of blood on the towel from my girlfriend's lacerated hand! This is a terrible way to conduct business and customer service and anyone traveling to Vang Vieng should look to the many other nice, clean and cheap guesthouses and hotels in town.
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